49 days in United States Itinerary

49 days in United States Itinerary

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Atlanta
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Knoxville
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Cincinnati
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Columbus
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Milwaukee
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Madison
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Munising
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Minneapolis
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Duluth
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Medora
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Rapid City
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Omaha
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Des Moines
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Kansas City
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Topeka
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Saint Louis
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Atlanta

— 3 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Do some cultural sightseeing at World of Coca-Cola and National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Step out of Atlanta with an excursion to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain--about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll around Centennial Olympic Park and see the interesting displays at High Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Atlanta online visit planner.

Fort Myers to Atlanta is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In July, daily temperatures in Atlanta can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 5th (Tue), stroll through Ijams Nature Center and then contemplate the long history of Mabry-Hazen House.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Knoxville attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Knoxville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Cincinnati

— 2 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cincinnati Nature Center, and then stroll through Great Miami River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get curious at Creation Museum, then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and then see the interesting displays at Lucky Cat Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cincinnati trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Cincinnati takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cincinnati when traveling from Knoxville in July, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

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Columbus

— 2 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
On the 8th (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll through Rock Bridge, and then sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and then examine the collection at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Columbus trip planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Columbus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Indianapolis

— 6 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Miller House and Garden and Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Museum-lovers will get to explore Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John Evangelist Catholic Church, make a trip to USS Indianapolis Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Columbus to Indianapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will leave for Chicago on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You've now added Shedd Aquarium to your itinerary. There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Field Museum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago day trip website.

Getting from Indianapolis to Chicago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chicago are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will leave for Milwaukee on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Milwaukee trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Milwaukee, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

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Madison

— 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Madison trip builder.

Traveling by car from Milwaukee to Madison takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Madison, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Wildlife
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Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach and then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munising visit planner.

You can drive from Madison to Munising in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Madison to Munising, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madison in July, with highs in Munising at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Saint Paul

— 2 nights

Twin Cities

The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Get outdoors at National Eagle Center and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Science Museum of Minnesota and Washington County Historic Courthouse. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, have fun at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and take an in-depth tour of Minnesota History Center.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Paul day trip planning site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Saint Paul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munising in July: high temperatures in Saint Paul hover around 82°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Minneapolis

— 3 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Minneapolis Institute of Art and Basilica of St. Mary. You'll explore and learn at Wayzata Depot and Mill City Museum. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (in Savage) and Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Stone Arch Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis travel site.

Minneapolis is just a stone's throw from Saint Paul. In July in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, get engrossed in the history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Art in the Alley, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, and finally stroll through Western Waterfront Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Duluth online tour planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, Duluth is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Little Missouri National Grassland. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at South Unit.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Medora route builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Duluth to Medora takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Duluth to Medora due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in August: highs in Medora hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

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Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 4th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, stop by Pawnseum, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rapid City vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Medora to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Medora in August since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Omaha.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Omaha

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 6th (Sat), walk around Hitchcock Nature Center, get engrossed in the history at General Crook House Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Old Market and then take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Omaha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Omaha takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In August in Omaha, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Omaha

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Get a sense of the local culture at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and Des Moines Art Center. Take a break from the city and head to High Trestle Trail Bridge and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center. Take a break from Des Moines with a short trip to Courthouse Square in Winterset, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Blank Park Zoo, and stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Des Moines driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Omaha to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Des Moines sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Arabia Steamboat Museum, have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kansas City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Kansas City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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Topeka

— 1 night
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Topeka journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Kansas City to Topeka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Topeka

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at City Museum, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at World Bird Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Topeka to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Louis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Springfield.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

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Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Illinois State Museum, take an in-depth tour of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old State Capitol, and finally walk around Union Square Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Springfield tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Springfield takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.